People: People, May 4, 1942

Object Lesson

In a letter to London's Times, George Bernard Shaw cried out in shocked protest against a new British sales tax of nearly 67% on musical instruments. "In my boyhood I had a chance of being qualified as an oboist," he recalled, "and I should have jumped at it if I could have obtained £14, which was the price of a second-hand oboe seventy years ago. For want of that sum I was lost to woodwind forever and had to adopt a profession in which the equipment was 6 pennyworth of stationery."


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